Judit Szabo is a conservation biologist and ornithologist, with a Master's degree in Ecology and a PhD in Ecotoxicology on the effects of pesticides on Australian birds. During her academic career she has studied optimal monitoring of birds, including threatened species. She contributed to the Red List assessment to determine the threat of extinction of all Australian bird species and subspecies and co-authored the Action Plan for Australian Birds in 2011. She worked outside academia for the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats in the East Asian - Australasian Flyway, as well as on policy capacity building of non-governmental organisations in Africa and Asia. Recently, she has been working in Brazil with volunteer-collected datasets to unravel patterns and trends in bird distributions.